Day 1 Arrival in Milan, transfer & orientation 16.00 - 18.00
Our tour actually begins in the historic town of Monza, some 20km from Milan. You may decide to arrive ahead of schedule and explore the fashion capital of the world and take in the magnificent Duomo di Milano, before sipping an aperitif at one of the
wonderful riverfront bars of this fabulous city. Whatever you decide, we'll collect you from either the airport or your Milan hotel and transfer you to the equally wonderful but less well travelled Monza. Home the world renown Grand Prix race circuit but also with a history and character of its own. It's a truly great place to set the tone for the week ahead!
Day 2 Monza - Como 12.00 - 14.00
We begin the day with enough time for any car enthusiasts to visit the F1 circuit for an early photo opportunity. For those without an F1 buzz, the Monza race tract is situated within a lovely park and just a relaxing stroll around the immense grounds is a lovely way to shake off any cobwebs from the night before. Before long it's time to get acquainted with our cars and hit the open road. Out journey today is a relatively short one, to the lakeside town of Como on the banks of the lake with the same name. Our first glimpse of Lago azure and the most idyllic spot for bon vivants and romantics alike.
Day 3 Como - Borimo 10.00 - 15.00
Today we really get going on the road and it is one of our longer driving days on tour. We skirt the entire length of the serene Lake Como ever searching for the perfect quiet lunch spot, and then ascend in altitude to wards our evening destination, Borimo. You will by now have begun to bond with your 500 and will want to roll the window down and enjoy the scenery as we leave the busier roads behind us. Crazy busy in the winter ski season, the town of Bormio remains lively, but much more appealing for us in the summer months. Perched as it is on a mountainside, the views are stunning, the climate mild, and the anticipation of what lies just ahead, tantalising. Talk over evening food and drink is bound to turn towards the Stelvio Pass and what we can expect to find on the morrow.
Day 4 Borimo - Merano 10.00 - 15.00
Our drive today is a true delight. The Stelvio Pass. Jeremy, Richard and James traversed this road in cars valued at £3m. We think you can have just as much fun on a slightly more modest budget. Although the road surface is modern, the Stelvio is approaching its 200th birthday, although the route itself has changed little over the years. With 75 hairpins, it remains a challenge in any vehicle. Whether you are a fan of driving or not, The Stelvio Pass is dramatic, jaw dropping, and great great fun. Today will provide a lifelong memory and stories that can be retold for years to come. Merano, the home of Franz Kafka and famous for its spa resorts and vineyards, is where we will call home for the night. Those with stamina will want to seek out Trauttmansdorff Castle and medieval Ortenstein tower (the Powder Tower). Some will just wish to kick back, relax, and reflect upon on of the most iconic driving roads ....in the world!
Day 5 Merano - Riva Del Garda 10.00 - 15.00
At the very northern tip of Lake Garda, Riva Del Garda is terrifically located for the start of our second lake visit. Our drive brings us all the way down the Tyrollean Alps to just 230ft above sea level. RDG offers a medieval fortress with a rich military past, now used for cultural events. Much like the rest of the Tyrol, dynasties, nation states and just old fashioned banditry has required the rebuilding and improvement of these ancient basins over the years. They are as much a part of the fabric RDG as its more recently raised, as equally pretty buildings. Facing directly down Lake Garda, RDG presents us with a view of what lies ahead, and something we can ponder at our leisure over an evening beer and bite to eat.
Day 6 Riva Del Garda - Verona 10.00 - 14.00
Our last full day of touring is a real driving treat. We follow Lake Garda from top to bottom along its Eastern shore. That’s 70km of Lake Garda viewed from the passenger seat. We’ll have plenty of time for lazy pauses along the way, coffee, pastry, piccies, it is the best way to see the lake and the best way to spend our final driving day. Verona retains and presents its architectural history in truly great style. From Roman, to Medieval to Renaissance, and beyond. The biggest challenge in Verona is knowing where to start exploring. The Verona Arena is surely unmissable but being selective about what else to include can be difficult! Fortress Castelvecchio, the setting for Shakespere’s Romeo and Juliet Casa di Giulietta, or Duomo di Santa Maria Matricolare cathedral are all worthy of attention. After exploring, a meal and glass of wine in Piazza delle Erbe is the best possible finale to our adventure together.
Day 7 Verona - Milan 9.00 - 11.00
After a hearty last breakfast, a short drive back to Milan for final farewells to new friends, vehicle handover and transfers to the airport.